On This Day

Events in History in March 1963

  • Mar 1 200,000 French mine workers strike
  • Mar 3 Senegal adopts a new constitution
  • Mar 8 Syrian Arab Rep Revolution Day - Military coup in Syria
  • Mar 11 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain

Historic Event

Mar 11 US Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara orders the adoption by the US military of the M16 assault rifle, originally designed as the AR-15 by Eugene Stoner

  • Mar 13 Two Russian reconnaissance flights over Alaska
  • Mar 13 Indonesia & Netherlands reinstate diplomatic relations
  • Mar 17 Elizabeth Ann Seton of NY beatified (canonized in 1975)
  • Mar 17 Eruptions of Mount Agung on Bali, kills 1,900 Balinese
  • Mar 18 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker, Algeria
  • Mar 20 1st "Pop Art" exhibition (NYC)
  • Mar 22 British Minister of War John Profumo denies having sex with Christine Keeler
  • Mar 23 Rolf Hochhuth's play "Der Stellvertreter" (The Representative) premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 27 Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • Mar 30 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • Mar 31 LA ends streetcar service after 90 years